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Bahrain International Airport takes steps towards realising IATA Fast Travel Initiative

4 May 2016  •  Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, International Airport Review

Bahrain International Airport has taken its first steps to implementing IATA’s Fast Travel Initiative through the introduction of self-service check-in kiosks.

Bahrain International Airport

Image: Bahrain International Airport

Bahrain International Airport, located in the capital Manama, will this year introduce self-service check-in kiosks in a drive to improve the passenger experience and deliver increased flexibility to its airlines.

Bahrain International Airport aims to improve the passenger experience and deliver increased flexibility to its airlines

Operator Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) together with SITA will install and manage six new ‘AirportConnect S4’ Kiosks at the airport, with four kiosks to be introduced in the economy check-in area and two in the first and business class check-in area. The new kiosks feature large 19-inch multi-touch screens to improve the passenger check-in process.

self-service check-in kiosks

Along with the new kiosks, SITA will provide its AirportHub shared connectivity platform, enabling airlines to migrate their back offices from legacy or direct connections systems to a cloud-based communication link.

“This project is the first step towards the company’s vision of implementing IATA Fast Travel Initiative which will significantly enhance the passenger experience at Bahrain International Airport”

Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah, Chief Executive Officer of BAC commented: “This project is the first step towards the company’s vision of implementing IATA Fast Travel Initiative which will significantly enhance the passenger experience at Bahrain International Airport. This initiative will offer benefits of self-service check-in to passengers to facilitate the passenger journey.”

Hani El-Assaad, SITA President, Middle East, India and Africa said: “Kiosks have proven to be an extremely versatile interface for a wide range of airport functions and services. Having worked with airlines, airports and governments around the globe has allowed us to develop kiosk products across all touch points in the airport journey and SITA has already delivered more than 10,000 kiosks to airports and airlines globally.”

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